This video was created for my presentation at the Furtherfield Re-rooting Digital Culture unconference last night.
In September 2009, as part of our media art ecologies pyramid pledge, We Wont Fly For Art, I took an overland trip to the Eclectic Tech Carnival (and art biennial) in Istanbul, breaking my journey in Linz. I was joined by Aileen and Rob. I blogged and documented the journey with unglamorous tools (a recycled computer and an old mobile phone).
Mostly I noticed how full Europe is of people and their cultures. Seven days of train travel also impressed upon me - with passing views of endless pylons, power cables, tracks, trains, roads, cars, fences, signs, scrap heaps, cement, concrete, glass, steel, factories, billboards and graffiti - the way that the symbolic and material infrastructures, that our civilisation has in place for the provision of shelter, communication, sustenance, heat and light, embed the social and economic values of early industrialisation into our futures. We are not going to change easily now or in the next 150 years.
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